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Patna:   Bihar government has paid Rs 3 lakh as relief to the family of one Madan Yadav alias Sonu, who died due to torture in  police custody at Barun police station in Aurangabad district on June 7, 2012, a day after his arrest. The National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) persistence with the Government of Bihar ensured that it eventually paid Rs 3 lakh as relief to the family of Madan Yadav. The Special Secretary, Home Department, Government of Bihar, in his personal appearance before the Commission, also informed that the next of kin of deceased Madan Yadav had also withdrawn the amount of relief from his bank account.

After its intervention, the NHRC was informed that a case was registered against the delinquent police personnel with Barun Police Station. The SHO and five constables were suspended. Madan Yadav, son of Bhura Yadav, resident of Kulahiya, under  Hariharganj police station, in Palamu district, Jharkhand, was alleged to be a sub-zonal commander of CPI (Maoist). He was brought over to Barun police station for interrogation after his arrest on June 6, 2012.

During the course of investigations, the Commission found several loopholes in police theory behind the death of the accused. Based on the material of record placed before it after a series of notices, it held that there was overwhelming evidence against the conduct of the police which could not satisfactorily explain the reason behind the injuries to the deceased which did not rule out the possibility of police torture under adverse environmental temperature amounting to violation of human rights of the victim.

The reports also revealed that there were contradictions and discrepancies in the police statements about the place of arrest of accused Madan Yadav, lack of medical examination after his arrest, the reason behind injuries on his body, his stomach being without food and water etc.

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